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Scholarships: Academic Scholarships for New, Returning, and Transfer Students

Academic Entrance Scholarships are given to full-time students on the basis of academic achievement in high school. No application for these scholarships is necessary.

Criteria: First-year students entering CMU Undergraduate on-campus programs who have completed high school within the previous five years and have completed no more than nine credit hours at another post-secondary institution. Students must be Canadian or USA citizens to qualify.

Students whose application material (application form, relevant official transcript, and application fee) has been received by February 28 will receive scholarships as follows:

  • From 95–100%: $3,000
  • From 90–94.9%: $2,000
  • From 85–89.9%: $1,000

The percentage will be calculated on the basis of the top five approved courses taken in Senior 3 or Grade 11.  Of the five approved courses, at least one must be an English course and one must be a math or science.

Students who are awarded an Academic Entrance Scholarship based on Senior 3 or Grade 11 marks must successfully complete high school and meet CMU entrance requirements on approved Senior 4 or Grade 12 courses. If the average percentage calculated on Grade 12 or Senior 4 marks used to meet entrance requirements is higher than the average calculated on grade 11 or Senior 3 marks, the award will be revised upward, if it is lower, the award will be revised downward.

An average percentage on marks of approved Senior 4 or Grade 12 courses used to meet CMU academic entrance scholarship requirements will be used to assess scholarship eligibility for students who have already completed Grade 12 when they apply to CMU.

The following applies to all Entrance Scholarships:
  • It will be possible to defer your scholarship as long as you still meet the Academic Entrance Scholarship requirements (i.e. you have not been out of high school for more than five years, you have not completed more than nine credit hours at another post-secondary institution).
  • Students who have completed the Outtatown program are eligible for Academic Entrance Scholarships, provided that they are not transferring more than the eighteen credit hours from the Outtatown program. Calculations for Academic Entrance Scholarships for Outtatown graduates will be based on their Senior 4 or Grade 12 courses. Students must complete a Continuance Form during their OT program to be eligible to receive CMU's academic entrance scholarship for studies at the Shaftesbury Campus.
  • The full amount of each Academic Entrance Scholarship will be awarded, provided the recipient is registered at CMU for 12 or more credit hours of courses per term. Students registered for less than 12 credit hours per term are not considered full-time students for scholarship purposes and as such are not eligible to receive any Entrance Scholarship. (For the purposes of calculation, courses registered by the student at another university will not be included in this calculation of credit hours unless the student demonstrates successfully that the courses are required for their program.)
  • Students who plan to begin their CMU studies in January and whose application materials have been received between September 1 and November 30 are eligible for academic entrance scholarships. Students whose average percentage on five Senior 4 (Grade 12) final marks for approved courses is 85% or higher will receive an academic entrance scholarship. The award will be given to students during two consecutive semesters and divided equally for each semester.
  • Scholarships are applied to the student's tuition fees in two equal installments (September and January).

Transfer Students – Entrance Scholarship (Canadian or USA citizens only)

Academic entrance awards are also given to transfer students (those who have attended other colleges or universities). Students transferring from other post-secondary institutions are eligible to receive an Entrance Scholarship based on academic achievement. Scholarships will be based on the cumulative GPA attained at that institution over a minimum of 24 credit hours. Students need not apply for these awards, but must submit CMU application requirements by May 31. The scholarship amount will be $1000 for a CGPA of 3.8 or higher (4.5 GPA scale) or 3.6 or higher (4.0 GPA scale). The award will be given to students during two consecutive semesters and divided equally for each semester. Transfer students starting in January must submit CMU application requirements by November 30 to be eligible for this scholarship.


Returning Student Academic Excellence Scholarships

Returning student scholarships are awarded at the end of each academic year and are based primarily on academic performance. Scholarship funds are applied toward the student's account for the following academic year as long as the student maintains the requirements for this award. Returning students who maintained a grade point average of 3.8 or higher in an academic year will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Full-time studies for this award is 12 credit hours per semester. No application is necessary. Full time students, who begin in January, are registered for 12 credit hours for each of their first two semesters (for a total of 24 credit hours) and achieve a grade point average of 3.8 or higher will be eligible for academic excellence scholarships for the upcoming academic semester of study.

Highest GPA Awards

In place of the Academic Excellence Scholarship an award of $2,000 will be given to the student with the highest GPA in the following areas: Year One program, Business or Communications Major, Humanities or Biblical and Thological Studies Major, Social Sciences or Sciences Major, Music program (highest $2,500, second higest $1500).

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